Guruvayur Temple

Steeped in history with a rich cultural significance, Guruvayur is a notable holy place in Kerala. The famous Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple nests in the region. It’s the abode of Guruvayurappan, a four-armed affiliation of Lord Vishnu.

Guruvayur Temple is by far, the most important pilgrimage center for Hindus. Located in the Trichur district, Guruvayur is also one of the leading paradises on earth. Lakhs of devotees throng the temple throughout the year to worship Vishnu in the form of Krishna. Guruvayur Temple’s timings are from 3 AM to 1:30 PM. It reopens from 4:30 PM to 9:15 PM.

Deity of Guruvayur Temple

According to Guruvayur Temple’s story, holy basil garlands and pearl necklaces adorn the Lord. The deity here carries the Panchajanya, the Sudarshana Chakra, the Kaumodaki, and a lotus. It’s a wondrous form of Lord Krishna, and devotees often worship him in his infant form. The temple is popularly known as “Dwarka of the South” due to its presence. Adi Shankara has laid down the principles of worship here that now follow the tantric way.

Guruvayur Temple History

Going by Pre-Colonial history, the deity is over 5,000 years old. It dates back to the 14th century where references to place Kuruvayur find a mention in a Tamil literary work. You can trace back to the 16th century during the Dravidian times when several Vishnu temples found mentions in songs of Alwars, Tamil saints. Guruvayur Temple is popular due to the battle between Kozhikode and Valluvanad.

The legend about Guruvayur Temple

Janamejaya, son of Parikshit, sought refuge under the feet of Guruvayuruppan who cured his leprosy. Parikshit, the grandson of the Pandavas died due to the curse of a saint. Janamejaya made efforts to destroy all the snakes worldwide, including Takshaka. Takshaka was known to be the cause of his father’s death. Numerous snakes fell into the sacrificial fire, which was eventually stopped by a Brahmin before the fire consumed Takshaka.

Sage Atreya asked Janamejaya to seek Krishna’s blessings at Guruvayur. The effulgence of Sri Hari showers his blessings on all devotees. Hence, after spending ten months at this temple, he became healthy.

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